Non-toxic acrylic paint for glass and ceramics
Summer: Drinking fresh lemonade on your front porch while
reclining in white wicker chairs, welcoming both the chilled drink
and the beads of condensation collecting on the outside of the
glass as the June sun blazes overhead ...
OK, so maybe this scene is more idyllic than realistic. You may
or may not have a front porch, or white wicker chairs. But you and
your kids can certainly enjoy the summer tradition of sharing a
cool pitcher of lemonade (or Kool-Aid) on a sticky summer day.
To make the moment all the more memorable, take an afternoon
with your kids to create your own lemonade-drinking set, complete
with hand-painted glass pitcher and drinking glasses. No, it won't
cost a fortune. And you don't need to be Rembrandt. Here's how:
Buy your supplies. Glassware isn't cheap-new. But you can find
great bargains on used glasses and glass pitchers at your local
thrift shop. Bring your kids and let them each pick out their own
glass. You'll find acrylic paint made especially for use with glass
at a craft store. Make sure it's non-toxic and dishwasher safe.
Wash your glassware. Check the back of your paint box to see if
there are any special cleaning instructions to help the paint
Paint. The options here are endless-anything from abstract
geometric designs to smiley faces to tulips.
If you (or your kids) need a little direction, then try a summer
fruit theme. Pick a different fruit to paint on each glass, and
paint one of each on the pitcher to tie things together.
Strawberry: Paint a red triangle, with one of the points aimed
down, and round the edges with more red paint. When that's dry,
paint green leaves on top and a few black dots for seeds.
Watermelon: Paint a pink semi-circle. When dry, paint a rim of
white on the rounded edge, then a rim of green for the rind. Paint
black dots for seeds.
Citrus fruit: This one is more difficult, but it's worth the
effort if your kids are older and have a little more patience.
First, paint a white circle and fill it in. When dry, add the fruit
sections. This part is like painting a sliced pie-only the
wedge-shaped pieces don't touch and there is a ring of white on the
edge. Choose yellow for lemon, green for lime, light pink for
grapefruit and orange for (you guessed it) orange. For the peel,
paint a colored ring around the white circle, using the same color
as you did for the fruit sections.
When your glasses and pitcher are dry, pour the lemonade and
enjoy the sunshine.
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